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Telephone-Based Support for Caregivers of Patients With Dementia

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: January 23, 2003
Last Update Posted: August 9, 2013
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Rhode Island Hospital
The purpose of this study is to develop an effective, low-cost, telephone-based intervention to reduce anxiety, depression, and feelings of burden and stress in caregivers of patients with dementia. This study will also determine whether the intervention can alter the course of dementia.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dementia Behavioral: Cognitive-Behavioral Family Systems Intervention Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Telephone Intervention for Dementia Caregivers

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Further study details as provided by Rhode Island Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 85
Study Start Date: December 2001
Study Completion Date: November 2005
Primary Completion Date: November 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
Caregivers are randomized to receive either telephone-based intervention or standard medical care. Both groups receive a resource packet containing information about caring for someone with dementia and a list of local resources. Caregivers in the intervention group also receive a series of telephone calls over 12 months, during which education, emotional support, and training in problem-solving skills are provided by trained therapists. Caregivers in the standard care group receive no additional psychosocial intervention. Participants are assessed pre-treatment, mid-treatment (6 months), post-treatment, and at a 3-month follow-up.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Patient Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV diagnosis of dementia (vascular, mixed, or associated with Alzheimer's disease)
  • Lives in the community, including senior/retirement centers, but excluding nursing homes and assisted living centers
  • 50 years old or older
  • Resides in Southeastern New England

Caregiver Inclusion Criteria:

  • Living with a person with dementia
  • Provides care for at least 6 months for at least 4 hours a day
  • English as primary language
  • Telephone access
  • Resides in Southeastern New England

Patient Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major acute medical condition affecting independent functioning

Caregiver Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute medical illness
  • Cognitive impairment as defined by an MMSE score < 25
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00052104

United States, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rhode Island Hospital
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00052104     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH062561 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: January 22, 2003
First Posted: January 23, 2003
Last Update Posted: August 9, 2013
Last Verified: March 2008

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders